Doubt cast over future of Gazzanats in Collie

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Gary Myers brought Gazzanats WA to Collie for the first time in 2010
Camera IconGary Myers brought Gazzanats WA to Collie for the first time in 2010

GazzaNats WA organisers have made the decision to cancel the event at Collie Motorplex next year after being offered only limited use of the facility by Motoring South West.

Organiser Deby Myers said the event, which attracted about 10,000 visitors to the town, would not go ahead because they would only be allowed to hire the burnout pad and not the Motorplex track.

She said it was a difficult decision for herself and husband Gary Myers to make.

“We’re heartbroken and there have been a lot of tears shed,” she said.

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“Gazzanats is a lot bigger than just burnouts, it would compromise what we’ve been able to build up over the years and what we’ve come to be respected for.”

Mrs Myers said she had been informed that damage to the track was the reason only part of Motorplex would be made available.

But she refuted that damage to the track was the result of the event.

“The venue was spotless and was inspected by Gary along with venue management following the event,” she said.

“It was verbally signed off as all good at that point then three months later we received an email from Motoring South West saying they’d like to host our event next year but we’d only be offered the pad.

“They didn’t say why until I made a call to one of the board members who told me it was because the track was damaged.”

Gazzanats WA has been hosted at the Collie Motorplex for the past six years and extended its program this year to include popular city cruises in Bunbury and Collie.

Mrs Myers said while they would look to host the event elsewhere in 2020 her preference would be to remain in Collie.

“We are now in negotiations with other venues that want Gazzanats there but we would really, really like to stay in Collie,” she said.

“We’re hoping that something good and positive can still come from this.

“We’re all about bringing the show to small country towns to help them survive because we’re country folk ourselves who have received amazing support from locals and local businesses.”

Motoring South West declined to comment.

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